The Staunton Music Festival is recognized as one of the mid-Atlantic’s most innovative and accomplished chamber music organization. It runs for nine days and features some of the world’s finest chamber musicians.
Staunton Music Festival is known for its dynamic musicality, eclectic programming, and delightful blend of whimsy and virtuosity. Each August, audiences are immersed in a festival experience with twice daily concerts at historic venues in beautiful downtown Staunton. Programs are consistently innovative, spanning music from the Renaissance to world premieres of new music commissioned specifically for the Festival.
Highlights of the 2013 summer festival include an evening of Handel and Purcell at the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse, avant-garde masterworks by George Crumb and Dadaist iconoclast John Cage, and an Early Keyboard Extravaganza featuring eight period instruments. It is a rare opportunity for anyone on the East Coast to hear so many historical keyboards assembled and performed by recognized masters at one occasion.
Who: Acclaimed musicians from across Europe and the United States
What: Classical chamber music festival that showcases world-class musicians at affordable prices
When: August 16, 2013 – August 24, 2013
Where: All performances take place at historic venues in beautiful downtown Staunton, Virginia (designated one of the best small towns in America by Smithsonian magazine.)
This year, the festival welcomes dozens of talented and celebrated artists such as Vladimir Mendelssohn (viola and composer), Antti Tikkanen (violin), Andrew Willis (fortepiano), Minna Pensola (violin), Igor Begelman (clarinet), Sivan Magen (harp), and Carsten Schmidt (harpsichord.) A brilliant young composer-in-residence, Zachary Wadsworth — recently aired on NPR, BBC, and PRI — will debut several new works commissioned specifically for the festival.
Tickets are on sale now. Season passes and tickets for the evening concerts are available online or by calling (800) 838-3006. All other concerts, lectures, and workshops are free and open to the public. The full festival schedule is available online at stauntonmusicfestival.com.
About Staunton Music Festival
The Staunton Music Festival (SMF) aims to engage and enrich audiences with a diverse selection of chamber music, performed by an exceptional group of international and American artists. SMF also promotes new music and education, collaborating with music institutions and emerging composers. For more information: www.stauntonmusicfestival.com.